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Malaysia has made its largest ever seizure of crystal methamphetamine, officials said on Monday (May 28), finding nearly 1.2 tonnes of the drug disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar, and arrested six suspected traffickers.
The bust comes as Southeast Asia reports a flood of the stimulant throughout the region. Indonesia and Thailand have also made record seizures of the drug this year.
A total of 1,187 kg of the drug, worth RM71 million (US$18 million), was shipped in a container from Yangon, Myanmar, to Port Klang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Customs Director-General Subromaniam Tholasy told reporters.
“This is the biggest seizure seen in our history in terms of value and weight,” he said.